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of hurricane sandy on transportation and housing. congress is currently considering a $60 billion relief package. this is about an hour and 10 minutes. >> good morning. it has been a tough morning. we just had a hearing on benghazi. we had the opening of senator in ua lying in state. and now we come to this. it has been a tough day. hopefully we will get some commitment from our colleagues to meeting our challenges. as you all know, asante's overwhelming -- sandy's overwhelming force cause damage on an unprecedented scale. unprecedented, but we expect extreme weather like this to become more common for our region. because we need to prepare for the next storm, it is not enough for us to simply discuss how to restore infrastructure to pre- storm conditions. in my view, now is the time to determine what actions we must take in order to build back the region in a way that makes us less vulnerable in future storms. the term we use in washington to describe this is mitigation. and do not think that word makes clear enough the critical task we are pursuing. this is about rebuilding in a strong
not be a bar -- a partisan political issue. the day the sandy hit, i was with many people. >> of is just about to touch on that. fires burned homes with their democrats for republicans. the climate system does not care. hopefully, what we can do as scientists, is checked the risks and then the location details. but that is a whole different ball game. >> my name is carol stone. do you think the mayan calendar this year will have any effect? and what is the effect of the population in the world -- a billion on this issue of carbon -- >> violation? >> that -- there is a number of factors. when you look at local government in emissions. if there are more people on the planet burning carbon for energy, we will be adding more carbon to the atmosphere. on the other hand, people who are living in a western-style exist then use a lot more energy than people in the developing world. one of the terms in the product of terms from which we deduce future carbon emissions is global population. we tend to believe the global population will stabilize with 10 billion people by the middle of the century because
of $5,000. >> the senate approved a $60 billion relief package to victims of hurricane sandy. chuck schumer talks about what this means to residents of these dates -- states who are impacted. this is about 15 minutes. >> thank you for coming. the senators are elated with the open discussion and allowing of amendments. most importantly the strong bipartisan support for a bill that would give much needed relief from a storm sandy. we are urging the house to put this bill on the floor quickly and allow a vote. we're asking speaker gaynor to do just that. just as it would be unconscionable for the house to leave without voting on it this booklet if -- on this fiscal cliff, it would be unconscionable to be without voting on sandy. we got 12 votes from the republican. it are three democrats that were here that were not here we would have 64 votes. that shows how important this bill was. it gives an impetus to the bill in says this bill has bipartisan support not only in the senate but in the house. do not ignore the needs of new yorkers and others. we have a desperate situation. we have b
community of sandy hook and newtown, a model for the nation, a model for the world. and we thank you for the world support, calling, e-mailing, texting their love and their commitment to be with us. use them, lord, take the passion that each one has and transform it totally, completely into your spirit of compassion. and we ask this all, amen, amen. >> newtown is a place that loves children above all. families move to newtown because we are a caring and loving community. we are also a place that has great pride in our schools, pride that propel it is students in those schools with their outstanding teachers and administrators to high achievement and great personal worth. the horror that was visited upon our sandy hook school was not deserved. it is the angry and desperate act of a confused young man. there is no blame to be laid on us. but there is a great burden and a great challenge that these families devastated by unspeakable harm know and trust that we love them and will do everything we can to help them heal. i know that newtown will prevail, that will not fall to abilities of
established a hurricane sandy rebuilding task force. the deputy secretary of transportation and i went up to new york just last week to sit with the heads of new jersey transit, the m.t.a., representatives from amtrak, as well as the port authority to start the regional discussions off. to make sure folks identify and we a process to identify the most cost-effective mitigation efforts. it's going to be critical that the regions, the two states, all the agencies work well together on this. it's really quite possible that if not done correctly, one mitigation investment could worsen the potential damage on a neighboring transit asset. this really needs to be done in a coordinated fashion that bridges all of the local players, all of the local agencies, state and local governments to make sure that the impact of hurricane sandy don't repeat themselves. i see i'm already over my time, so with that, i'll submit the rest of the statement for the record, and thank you. >> thank you, administrator. madam secretary? >> good morning. chairman men endezz, members of the subcommittee, thank you for t
an update on the hurricane sandy relief bill making its way through congress. "washington journal" is next. >> nobody will get 100% of what they want. let's make sure middle-class families and the american economy and the world economy are not adversely impacted because people cannot do their jobs. host: the headline in this morning's "washington post" -- president obama and senate leaders were on the verge of an agreement that would let taxes rise on the wealthiest households while protecting the vast majority of americans from tax hikes set to hit in january. welcome to the saturday edition of "and the washington journal." for the first 45 minutes of the program we are going to be talking about senate negotiating a fiscal clifts deal, what has been going on on that half of the capital. see what they are talking about and how things are going. we want to get your input and your part of the conversation. you can reach out to us on twitter. facebook, facebook.com/cspan. and you can send us an e-mail. this is more from the article, the lead story in "the washington post." they ride, the deve
were here. i'd like to begin with hurricane sandy. you are a teacher at columbia, you live in manhattan, where were you when sandy was approaching and when sandy hit new york? >> i was on our farm in kintnersville, pennsylvania, where we ended up losing power for better part of the week, and four big trees blown over, the railings blown off our deck and windows blown out of the barn. so even in pennsylvania, which is separated from the atlantic ocean by new jersey, we still -- >> thanks, new jersey. >> new jersey didn't do much to buffer it. but that's where i was. and we -- you know, the lights went out and we heard these noises on the second floor as the -- as these railings were getting blown out. it was a -- a -- little, i don't know, just an interesting experience. >> your first -- first biggest storm like that, you got other storms was this bigger than -- >> i think this was the biggest one that i was in. even though i'm from western iowa, where we would get these tornado warnings all the time and have to go to the basement, but we never got hit by a tornado. so i think this was t
where he spoke at an interest -- an interfaith vigil to mourn the victims of the mass shooting at sandy hook elementary school. he met with members of the family and members of the police force. he spoke about the inspiration that the community had shown in the aftermath of the cap -- in the aftermath of the tragedy. other speakers at the service included the connecticut governor. this is about an hour and 15 minutes. >> on behalf of the new town interfaith clergy association, i welcome all of you. we needed this. we needed to be together here in this room. in the gymnasium, outside the doors of the school, in living rooms around the world. we needed to be together. to show that we are together and united. we gather in such a moment of heartbreak for all of us here in newtown. we gather especially mindful of family and friends and neighbors among us who have lost loved ones by an act of unfathomable violence and destruction. we gathered to greet together, to care for one another, to pray and embrace, to weep and to remember, to declare in our many voices that these darkest days of our c
held a hearing on fema's response to hurricane sandy. senators from new york, rhode island, connecticut and delaware testified before the committee on the challenges their constituents face in the aftermath of the storm and what's needed to move forward. >> good morning, everyone. thank you for joining us for this very important hearing on the response and recovery and the challenges before us to superstorm san joaquin. -- with sandy. we're here today to evaluate the response and recovery effortings in the aftermath of hurricane sandy which struck the northeastern united states on october 29, as the largest-sized storm system in u.s. history. hurricane sandy claimed the lives of more than 120 americans, destroying over 340,000 homes. and over 2 hub,000 businesses and leaving more than 8.5 million families without power, heat or running water for weeks. and i understand in a few neighborhoods and in a few buildings in new york and new jersey that still is the case. the scale of this disaster has created significant housing and transportation challenges and a successful recovery will requ
on of sandy carter. you're probably watching over there in our cube. sandy, thank you for your service and dedication to the people of iowa and the third district. and i could go on and on. back in iowa, there's jay buyers, sally bowser, grant woodard. frequently i would stand before a group and invite train to stand before you as a surrogate son from vietnam, was one of the refugees and what he went through to yet to become an american and have the american dream. very special. so the list is long. i will stop. i know you have travels to do. but those of you in the room, bruce, thank you for your atributes and, jim, it's good to see you again. jim nussle, it's great too sew you. tim, thank you for your remarks and the service we've had together and, tom, i wish you continued success and i know that you believe what's good for our state. we come from the soil, really, and that's probably a good thing. so with that i want to say a fond farewell. i will continue to respond a -- to finally bring this down from 112 to 113, i say it's been my pleasure and my good fortune to live this much
the beginning of world war two. we want to welcome our very distinguished guests today, admiral sand -- sandy winnefeld, vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, our keynote speaker, and we are also honored to have general kelly, chairman of the monuments commission played a major role in helping establish this very special monument. [applause] also, it is always good to have bob vogel, our cohost for this, to work together. a special honor to have ban hayes with us, the director of the film "honor flight." there are many other distinguished guests who come today to help give a special welcome to our honored guest, the pearl harbor survivors, and all of our world war ii veterans and there -- and their families. a very warm welcome to all veterans and their families that are with us. a special thank you to those serving in our armed forces and their families. what a magnificent job they have done in iraq and are doing in afghanistan. their performance of duty has been magnificent. we cannot say enough about those brave men and women, our heroes. we pause today to remember and honor all the
. there is no escaping the fact that the massacre at sandy hook elementary stands out or -- for its awfulness. the murder of so many little children and the adults who tried to save them does not just break our hearts, it shatters them. the last few days have been steering for all of us and the days ahead will be, too. over the weekend we begin to see the faces of the children, and to hear their stories. one parent stood up in front of the cameras on saturday and shared with the nation on an impromptu eulogy of his six- year-old daughter, emily. it was a remarkable moment. emily was bright and creative. and very loving, he said. we marveled at his courage. and now the funerals, 10 of them this week. in one church alone. it has been said many times that no words are adequate to live the agony of a parent like robbie parker. what happened on friday is something no parent of a young child could ever prepare for. but i think president obama spoke for all of us in the very moving meditation he offered last night on the singularity of of parental love. there is literally nothing we would not do for our kids. t
left hartford to goo newtown and to the firehouse in sandy hook. i arrived there as a public official, but what i saw was through the eyes of a parent. the firehouse in sandy hook was where parents went to find out if tir children were okay. the way they found out was that their children appeared or they didn't, and after a while, some of the children came, some were reunited with their parents there or at the school, and their parents took them home, and others did not. i will live forever wit the sights and sounds of those parents as they emerged from the firehouse. the cries and sobbing, the cries of grief and anguish, the lo on those faces. the murder -- murderer blasted his sayway no the elementary school in sandy hook armed with a bushmaster a return 15, a 10-millimeter gridlock missile and a 9-millimeter and a multiple magazines filled with ten, 15, 30 rounds, hundreds of rounds that he used in an execution-style massacre. wayne carver, who is the state medical examiner for connecticut, has been in that job for more than 30 years. he has seen it all. but he has said he's seen n
's response to hurricane sandy. i've of like to thank our witnesses that will be testifying in just a moment. i will introduce them in just a moment. let me make a couple of opening statements. we are here today to evaluate the response and recovery effort in the aftermath of hurricane same day as the largest ice storm in u.s. history. hurricane zandi claimed the lives of 130 to americans, it damaging and destroying more than 600,000 homes and 459,000 businesses leaving more than 8.5 million families with out fire or running water. most of the power grid has been turned back on. they're still communities that are challenged. the scale has treated significant challenges. this a require a sustained effort a part of the local officials. voluntary earlier this week i had the chance to tour some of the tristate area. they took the opportunity to tour the area. we have both republicans and democrats with their eyes on the disaster. one of the reasons we are here today is to make sure the federal government is doing everything in its power to assist the thousands of small businesses that have been
rate falling to 7.7%, the lowest since december 2008. there had been concern that is hurricane sandy could afblingt the numbers bit only had a minimal effect. employers added fewers jobs in october and september than initially estimate pped and the unemployment rate fell mostly because more people stopped looking for work. earlier today on capitol hill john boehner commented on the fiscal cliff negotiations with reporters. >> this isn't a progress report because there is no progress to report. when it comes to the fiscal cliff that is threatening our economy and jobs the white house has wastde another week. secretary gitener came here to offer a plan that had twice the tax hikes that the president campaigned on and had more stimulus spending thanned the in cuts. and an indefinite increase in the debt limit like for ever. now four days ago we offered a serious proposal based on testimony of president clinton's former chief of staff. since then there has been no count offer from the white house. instead reports indicate that the president has adopted a deliberate stradgeji to slow walk
. >> the democrats are not so optimistic about new jersey. they are optimistic about virginia. sandy seemed to be pretty good thing for chris christie. >> the attorney general who typically in virginia waits his turn and then ms. of tulips and the governor has decided to run for governor. -- and then goes up for governor has decided to run. he is not happy about this. he is thinking about running as an independent. that would all but guaranteed the former democratic national committee chairman of the governor of virginia. if you had some of the five years ago i would probably have called you nouts. >> wisconsin, scott walker is coming out of the successful recall. he has talked about as a very high presidential hopeful for 2016. president obama have a pretty sizable victory in wisconsin last month. i suspect the democrats will want to beat scott walker and get him out of the mix for 2016. >> to be continued. erin mcpike, reid wlison, thank you for being with us on "newsmakers" this sunday. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite c
this unthinkable tragedy. sandy hook has made clear, that we aren't doing enough to protect the public from deadly weapons, that we aren't doing enough to address mental health issues in our society, that we aren't doing enough to stand up to those who are saying that more guns, not less, are the solutions to mass shootings. this must change. for the sake of our children, i say, enough is enough. congress must act to put a stop to this senseless gun violence. mr. murphy: i thank the gentlewoman. i yield 1:30 to the the gentlelady from california, ms. matsui. ms. matsui: i pay tribute to the victims who were struck down in new toup, connecticut and condemn in the strongest possible terms the senseless act of violence that claimed their lives. there are so many victims were young children who had their entire lives ahead of them. makes the shooting even more heart wrenching. the children were so young. we saw in each of them our own children, our grandchildren. they really are america's children. jack pinto, the same age of my grandson, he was a huge new york giants' fan and today was buried in a gi
with at sandy hook is that the firearm industry's association their headquarters are located just across the highway from the sandy hook elementary school and while focusing on large capacity weapons is important, i also have a bill, hr 66 a. legislation aimed at establishing a nationwide system for prohibiting unlicensed gun ownership and granting the u.s. attorney general broader authority on the program. as sad as the sandy hook incident is for all of us, we must be cognizant of the fact that gun violence has been terrorizing neighborhoods in chicago, detroit, houston, washington washington, d.c. for over decades now. one of my local newspapers, the "chicago tribune," reports that at the end of march, murders in my city had spiked almost 60%. and as of june, homicides in chicago were up almost 20% over last year. 488 murders to date. ranging from 18 months to 19 years. these are americans also shot down like dogs in the street. as i recall being in the hospital room when my son was pronounced dead, there was a primal scream that came from his sister, his mother. it wasn't a scream of
that all america remembers from last friday of the children at sandy hook school in newtown, connecticut, filing out heading for safety at the firehouse. i don't know that i can look at the faces of these children as their names have been roartd and not think of my own kids when they were that age and especially of my own grandchildren now who were just a little over a year old. but i saw in the eyes of those children what all of us see, an innocence, happiness, an interest in the future and just the greatest dreams in the world. well, in one brutal, debraved -- deprived hometown those dreams ended when that gunman forced way into sandy hook school and shot those poor, innocent children. at that moment some people stepped forward who really became heroes of the day. four teachers, rachel davino, anne marie murphy, lauren rousseau, victor yoa soat pe merry sherlach the school psychologist, and dawn hochsprung the principal who walked into the face of this gunman to try to stop him from harming any chirp. we'd like to think any of us would rise to a standard of courage they showed. i hope
with hurricane sandy in new york -- in a slightly different round with hurricane sandy in new york. their efforts to make sure that their infrastructure was as robust as possible. >> why is it that goldman sachs has the electricity and power going on when the rest of manhattan and hudson street was dark? did 60 hudson go down as well? we even had problems getting e- mails sent from washington to new york connected. >> like every major internet building in new york, we switched over successfully to diesel power. the week before last, the internet in new york ran on diesel. it was as simple as that. they have backup generators. when you visit, there is always a point on the tour where there is a room filled with four megawatt diesel generators. and that case of another important hub, a building owned entirely by google, in both spaces, both generator switched over. internet was running on diesel. there is one that was not successfully switched over. another common example -- the fuel pump was in the basement. the basement is flooded. you could attempt as they did to have a bucket brigade of diesel
. the president mentioned the teachers and some of the educators that were there at the sandy hook elementary school debt helped the kids get away from the shooter and get out of the building. in "the new york times," they talk about two that went the extra mile. we will talk a little bit more about the principle and the school psychologist who were among the six adults killed yesterday. the next call comes from catherine in florida. caller: my mom has been a teacher for over 20 years. i have a six-year old daughter and a niece and they go to the school she teaches at. when i heard the news, i thought, this could have been our little school. it is devastating and just disgusting what has happened. i think that our country needs to take a look at what we can do as far as security at these schools. i think something needs to be mandated to protect the children. we cannot continue to let this go on. host: talk to me about the security measures that they have at the school where your kids go to school. caller: there is a fence around the playground around the sides of the school. everything stays
's attention, but the same total loss of life at sandy hook happens more than twice every day all year long. this is personal for me, not just because the mall shooter was in my district, but i had a high school friend who was killed with a random freak drive-by shooting, my brother took his life with a handgun as a young man. i supported gun provisions at the state and federal level at every opportunity. it might be different now. not just because the horrific image of parade of funerals for children, i submit mayor bloomberg's advocacy for gun safety and mayors who brare the brunt of the gun violence. i welcome the president's leadership and will support any reform that he advances. but i would urge my colleagues to read the columns in the "sunday times" by my fellow oregon ann, nick, and another in "washington post." they demonstrate, we know what works. there are examples around the work. even in america with lax weak gun protections there are in fact some regulations in some places and they make a difference. let's treat gun violence like any public health crisis which i would say losi
[applause] sandy. new york? to place it in a modern context, we have to turn to proxy data like coral and ice to piece together the puzzle of how the climate buried in the distant past. it showed it was relatively warm. it was about a thousand years ago. recently that exceeded anything we have seen. it was featured in the summary for policy makers in 2001. when it became an icon, those who find the science inconvenient saw the need to try to discredit this graph. they saw discrediting me as a way to do that. some have been attacked for the work they have done. i was also bill of five. my book tells the story of what it is like to be a scientist and find yourself in voluntary and accidental public figure. i was put in the limelight in limelight. [laughter] stick metaphor -- >> yes. that, if we as scientists are talking to the right people. reflag that we would not tell you but for fear that you might >> you are relatively new todid you know what you're getting a career in atmospheric change? having studied under steven the public scrutiny. 98%. the backlash. >> what happened? there was an incr
their first graders off at sandy hook elementary or kissed them good-bye as they got on the school bus an that was the last time they saw their kids. something horrible, something unexplainable happened at sandy hook elementary last week. mr. murphy: when people asked me how are folks doing, i tell them, right now there's a lot of blank looks, these people are trying to process what happened. 20 gleaming, beautiful children were gunned down along with six adults who loved them dearly. by a young man with a sickness that masqueraded as evil that day. so we're left asking, why us is? -- why us? why these little kids? the whys are almost infinite. and in the coming days and weeks, i guess we'll get some answers. but most of them won't have answers. when you peek through this vast darkness of the last few days, there's one thing we know for certain. if we wondered what kind of community newtown was, if we doubted our love for one another, those questions have been answered and been answered definitively. they were answered by the principal, who told her colleagues to run one way so she cou
.3 billion in transportation-related damages due to superstorm sandy. of that total, the new york mta suffered about 5 billion in dages. it's huge. i never saw anything like it. we have the longest underground tunnel in the world in the brooklyn battery tunnel. i take it almost every day i'm in new york city because my home in brooklyn is connected to it. it was totally filled with water. both tubes, from one end to the other, from the manhattan end to the brooklyn end. ere were close to 100 million gallons of water that had to be pumped out of that tunnel and it's still not back up to snuff. that's one of many examples. there's so many. the mta did a very good job. i want to congratulate joe lhota. they moved their rolling stock to high ground. tried to barricade this awful flood in the best way they could. boy, it's awful. the mta is the largest public transportation system in the country. it's the life blood of new york. it's our circulatory system. 3.5 million people g on and off manhattan island every day to work. wow. 3.5 million people. i guess that's more than the people in mi
.s. and the very irony that we are confronted with at sandy hook is that the firearm industry's trade association, their headquarters are located just across the highway from the sandy hook elementary school, and while it is important, i also have a bill that i want to acknowledge, h.r. 6680, the firearm licensing and record of sale act of 2012, a legislation aimed at establishing a nationwide system for prohibiting unlicensed gun ownership and granting the u.s. attorney general broader authority over the program. as sad and inexplicable as the sandy hook incident is for all of us, we must be cognizant of the fact that gun violence has been terrorizing neighborhoods in chicago, detroit, houston, washington, d.c. for decades now. one of my local newspapers, the "chicago tribune," reports that at the end of the march murders in my city had spiked to almost 60%. and as of june, homicides in chicago were up almost 20% over last year. 488 murders to date. ranging from 18 months to 19 years, these are americans also shot down like dogs in the street. as i recall and exspeerns -- experience you can't es
as the minister to the body, mind, and spirit to the whole community of sandy hook and newtown, a model for the nation, a model for the world. we thank you for the world's support calling, the mailing, texting their love and their commitment to be one with us. use them, lord. take the passion that each one it totallyansform an and completely into your spirit of compassion. we asked this all, amen. amen. >> new town is a place that loves children above all. families moved to newtown because we are a caring and loving community. we have great pride in our school. outstanding teachers and administrators to high achievement and great personal worth. power was not deserved -- the horror not deserve. there is no blame to be laid on us but there is a great burden and a great challenge that we emerge whole. that these families devastated by harm know and trust that we love them and will do everything al.can to help them he i know that newtown will prevail. we will not fall to acts of violence. it is a defining moment for our town but it does not define us. we are newtown, a special and caring p
to peace that together potentially with the unusual trajectory that sandy took that was not part of the social impact. >> which talked-about the pine bark beetle. catherine, as a canadian, how does this debate affect canada or other neighboring countries? question i would love to be able to say that things are very different in canada, but i can you -- cannot. there are definitely more people. you can have all the goodwill in the world. but if you deny do anything about it, it does not produce anywhere ahead. climate change brings up issues that are in the american psyche, things like taxation, government control, and people thinking back to 1976 when you hear words like that. so i think there is a very different culture in canada, working together, more of a communal ideas. so i believe we have less of schools to overcome where independents is something that is ingrained since we were born. >> there is significant resistance here in the u.s., but also elsewhere. let's talk about some of the personal attacks. in your book, you wrote to strides in newton and his e- mails had been
just saw with the sandy bill. >> if you are asking whether or not the thing we did get 60 votes for a standing order. >> you want to get to 60. between hopeful that the two caucuses, there will be 60 votes for the standing order. >> does this mean that you and perhaps the democrats are more ambitious option by the junior colleagues. >> the number of us are very deeply troubled by the idea that we produce something in violation to the rules to change the rules. the senate is a continuing body. i will not try to characterize how many are deeply troubled by the idea of the nuclear option. this has been -- never been used to change the rules. >> when the republicans were in a majority, then there was the judges. i point out with all due respect to our new york colleagues in the senate, some of them have ever been in the majority and some of them have never been in the minority which sometimes dictates behavior which when the issue is on the other foot. >> senator reid has concerned about -- is it any precaution to keep non germain amendments of the bills? >> the senate allows for no
- school, an interfaith vigil for those killed at sandy hook elementary school. earlier, the president met with families of the victims of -- families of the victims and first responders. and also expected tonight at the vigil, conn. governor dannel malloy. in the audience, we have seen senator joseph lieberman and richard blumenthal, and incoming senator chris murphy. he is currently a congressman. new town is in his district. -- newtown, conn. is in his district. a number of them speaking since the shooting happened on friday. ♪ >> you are watching live coverage here on c-span where in newtown, conn. at newtown high school, president obama will be speaking. he has been speaking with family members of victims at the mass shooting at sandy hook elementary school. he wrote his own speech tonight that he is going to be delivering. this is the fourth time president obama has had to travel to visit the victims of a mass shooting. in 2009, their war of the shootings at fort hood, texas. in 2010, the shootings in tucson that when did representative gabrielle giffords. and most recently, the mo
with boutiques, restaurants, and cafes. hurricane sandy was devastating. the hudson river spilled into hoboken from both the north and the south. more than half of the city was flooded. three of the four firehouses and more than 7000 homes were flooded. we estimate the total damage at well over $100 million. thankfully, our main street did not flood and is open for business. even the businesses that did not flood have been severely impacted by one of our principal means of transportation to new york. the train has been flooded and still has not been restored. this is due to the difficulty of getting to and from the city. some were forced to operate at an alternate location as they tried to navigate the insurance got lead. the national flood insurance program is not designed to meet the needs of the urban environment. there is a fundamental unfairness that i respectfully ask congress to try to address. there forced to purchase flood insurance by their mortgage companies. the program treat garden style businesses as if they were basements. the direct uninsured costs are often passed on to the sm
school because dad is going. that was pretty tricky. it is a wonderful program. dr. sanford kay, sandy kay, talked creative writing and he is thanked in there book. no sandy kay, no book. strange wandering paths that met from my father reciting churchill to sandy kay and i'm a feature writer who meets manchester and like winston churchill i'm not a big believer in favorite but these were like a bunch of slips that did tphno pass on the,scene in the night and i couldn't manuimagine all these paths meeting and joining and here we are. host: back to the writing aspect of it itself, how did you write? what kind of -- long hand or give us the atmosphere where you wrote and what time of day and what did you write with? guest: well, i would use stick 'ems in the books i was referring it and in june of 1941 and i tried to color code them and that didn't work. my office looks like somebody who needs mental health help. it looked messy but it was madness, there was method in the madness. and i wrote directly to the comput computer, the word processor. i would write -- i don't want to say drafts.
-chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, admiral sandy winnefeld. >> good afternoon, everybody. general, to keep that introduction. distinguished guest -- thank you for that introduction. distinguished guests, what an honor it is to be with you here today and to stand in front of these world war ii veterans. as i was listening to that rendition of america the beautiful, it struck me what a wonderful idea america is and what america -- a wonderful place america is and all of you fought for her and we deeply appreciate what you did for us. we will never forget. colonel, chaplin, members of the color guard, marine band, friends of the national world war ii memorial and members of the national park service, thank you for helping us recognize this very important day in some very important people. i offer a very special welcome to all our world war ii veterans and their families and to all our pearl harbor survivors here today. many of whom have traveled so far to be here and we thank those amid that travel possible. nice shoes, by the way. we really appreciate it. we pause this afternoon to remember
with sandy, the hurricane, when all of the broadband networks failed, radio -- if they have got electricity or can get it on a mobile device, they can see this live, and sometimes the information transmitted can be a matter of life and death. >> do you think if not enough broadcasters come forward to offer spectrum, the industry will look to congress to put in place something mandatory to force may be some smaller broadcasters to get out of the game, open up more spectrum? >> we have to be prepared for that. i think it is certainly a possibility, but at the end of the day, i think the world of tomorrow has to be a future of broadcast and broadband, and if it is just one, it will fail the american people, and if it is just one, all of the other public values, decency, localism, like free, that goes away. for example, your sports team, your university, if they were in a bowl game that you wanted to watch that was not broadcast, then you had better have the right cable subscription in be paying your bill, or you would not watch the game -- and paying your bill, or you will not be watching the
jersey. they are optimistic about virginia it seems. but sandy seemed to be a good thing for chris christie. >> and also politics in virginia leading up to the attorney general who the governor may run as an independent. >> the attorney general who traditionally waits his turn, moves up to luents governor and then moves up to governor, a guy who is a big dialing of the conservative fan base and the republican party in virginia. the luents governor is set up to run for governor four years ago then had to wait another attorney general. he is not happy about this. he is -- according to "the washington examiner" he is thinking about running as an independent. the committee chairman, the clirn fundraiser would be the governor of virginia. if you would have told me that five years ago i would have called you nuts. >> one state we did not walk about today is wisconsin. it should be interesting because scott walker coming out of the successful recall is running for re-election. he's being talked about as a high presidential hopeful in 2016. president obama had a sizeable victory in wiscons
feel good about this one. it was planted before hurricane sandy and made it through the storm in one piece. i know our neighbors to the north had a more ruthless and destructive sandy. it was especially difficult for families who lost everything in the storm. this is a time for us to be grateful for the heroism and the perseverance of the men and women who showed us that americans will always be stronger than the challenges that we face. as i did before thanksgiving, i can help but tell a story of their and during holiday spirit. in midland beach, new york, among the businesses devastated by the storm, a big christmas tree shines out of the darkness. as impacted families were still getting back to normal, one local nursery donated the tree. another chipped in for the lights. and 70-year-old, and his longtime buddies in the area planted it at the end of the street overlooking the town beach. as tom says, the tree has one function. it is christmas time. not disaster time. that sounds right. it brings you the message of christmas and peace and goodwill to all. it has guided people all a
good about this one. it was planted just days before hurricane sandy and it made it through the storm in one piece. now we know that some of our neighbors to the north saw a more ruthless and destructive sandy. and this holiday season is ep live difficult for families who lost everything in the storm. it's also time for us to be grateful for the% veeverpbes of men and women in the storm's path that show us that americans will always be stronger than the challenges we face. as i did before thanksgiving i can't help but tell a story of their holiday spirit. in midland beach new york on a street lines with businesses devastated by the storm. a big christmas tree shines out of the darkness. just a couple of weeks ago as impacted families were seeking some sense of getting back to normal, one local nursery donated the tree and another chipped in for the lights and star. and 70-year-old tom and his long-time bud disfrom the area planted it at the end of the street overlooking the town beach. as tom says, the tree has one message. it's christmas time, not disaster time. and tom is right. for
of the rules committee. speaker, when i mention the words hurricane sandy, the wn, connecticut, what do they have in common? an enormous gun strategy, the loss of 26 live, and americans suffering from a devastating storm. our hearts go out to those babies who were lost. it speaks to americans in need. that is why i am is so troubled to be on the floor today. the framework that we have a sense to america that when you are in need, we will not, as this congress and this government, be prepared to help you. i think what is disappointing, just about three days ago we thought there was a deal between the white house and the framework that was offered and the leadership of this house is is disappointing that in the course of a couple of days, we have come to a situation when this plan, plan b, raises only $300 billion from high on -- high income households and it is suggested that millionaires will get $108,000 in tax cuts. but will the middle class in? plan b allows the bush tax cuts to continue the itemized deductions for the rich, giving them more opportunity to keep their money. in fact,
. it was planted just days before hurricane sandy and it made it through the storm in one piece. now we know that some of our neighbors to the north saw a more ruthless and destructive sandy. and this holiday season is especially difficult for families who lost everything in the storm. it's also time for us to be grateful for the thousands of men and women in the storm's path that show us that americans will always be stronger than the challenges we face. as i did before thanksgiving i can't help but tell a story of their holiday spirit. in midland beach, new york, on a street lined with businesses devastated by the storm, a big christmas tree shines out of the darkness. just a couple of weeks ago as impacted families were seeking some sense of getting back to normal, one local nursery donated the tree and another chipped in for the lights and star. and 70-year-old tom and his long-time buddies from the area planted it at the end of the street overlooking the town beach. as tom says, the tree has one message -- it's christmastime, not disaster time. and tom is right. for centuries the messag
. any questions? >> you talked about comprehensive tax reform. >> i said katrina, not sandy. we have to address the needs. and if i just might say thank you, whoever just put that there, was that you, joe? we had to do this before. we had an impact with the disagreements between the executive branch and legislative branch. at that time it was katrina. every day that we didn't pass something for katrina was really -- caused great apprehension in that region and with individuals living there. and so same thing with sandy. where is the confidence they will get? this little bit now and this little bit now and can't spend that now. it's not only what he can spend now, it's what you can plan on now. so. so the timing is really important for sandy as well as it was when we had a similar impasse because of the iraq war that people were concerned would hold up the katrina funding. yes, ma'am. >> speaker boehner said there's no point in raising tax rates for the top 2%, including some small businesses, if you're just going to turn around next year and do comprehensive tax reform that perhaps l
agenda including hurricane sandy legislation. this is 20 minutes. >> with every passing day, the republicans are calling on john boehner to guarantee tax cuts to the middle class. today, sen. cornyn will be the second ranking republican next congress. they'll call upon john bennett to the reasonable thing. they will have this below sooner or later. those rates go up by operational law on dec. 31. within three-quarters of the american people including 61% of republicans agree with john cornyn that they cannot be held hostage were giveaways to billionaires. he cannot ignore the american people forever. at some point reality should set in. the only question is how much the trust's sole class families and how much they will have to endure during this process. many other pieces of business critical to middle-class families that we will be working on if we resolve the fiscal cliffs. the three leaders here with me will talk about that today. they are waiting and waiting for the press conferences, and reality will set in. and it hasn't yet. he finished another one a short time ago.
and with parents. principal at sandy hook shared with parents an important letter about the schools lockdown procedures, talking ho schools admitted.ents would be host: we have a question on ngfileclerk. boriongfilecler guest: schools are places for children to learn and to feel safe. they are not fortresses and prisons. we would not want to send our children to places where there would be confined. it is important to understand that school districts need to work with their local law enforcement agencies to decide for themselves whether it is important to have some kind of armed presence. oftentimes that works very well . one thing that our state associations in courage is for school boards to have an open line of communication with their local law enforcement organization so resources can be available to school districts. host: an article from "the sentinel" in new hampshire -- host: this story came out yesterday afternoon. host: that from the superintendent in the district. talk about this funding situation that school systems are facing. guest: school resource officers did not come free.
, having passed a resolution condemning violence -- that is easy enough, but the massacre at sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut, takes priority with me and makes this so-called fiscal cliff look like a mole hill. we are at odds are around here about money while all around us, unnecessary gods are proliferating in communities across our nation, and mental need -- mental health needs are not being met, in helping our society to crumble while we are sitting here mumbling around about whether or not we are going to hold hands and jump off a fiscal cliff, as serious as that is, and the consequences would be for a number of things. not only are we talking about america, we are talking about the world when we fail to do things we need to do. but for the moment, the issue of the day has to do with an adequate discussion on talks of the american people about just what we need to do regarding this measure. we cannot do everything, and i know that. we cannot stop evil and violence by educating everything, but in my judgment we can and we must do something. failure to do that is a
quicker than others. we included that in the sandy question in the $336 million. and we need to secure a space under the hudson yards. it's about an 800 foot section at about $190 million. once that real estate the development occurs it would close off the ability to get those two new tunnels n. the second thing we need to do that would be done under gateway is to raise to a platform or a different location that sub41 station that was flooded during the tunnel and also add high density signal systems on the east river tunnels, not so much to add capacity to the station, but to give us the ability to move trains through those east river tunnels more quickly and we could have restored the same level of service quickly had bebeen able to do something like that. those are additional planning amount of money to move us forward on that project. >> two things, one we are trying to complete an environmental study in the corridor. that is scheduled to be done about 2015, is that correct? >> that's right. it's the tier one for the corridor which will set the framework for the entire corridor and
it from happening again. mr. tonko: sure. absolutely. you know, the impact of sandy, representative garamendi, comes on the heels of last year's storm with irene and lee. a double whammy. that impacted several counties that i represent. and upstate new york was devastated. it was the loss of life, of lives. there was destruction to the public infrastructure, many businesses, farms and housing were destroyed. tremendously so. and the need to rebuild became very apparent. this year with sandy, the same sort of impact, this time in a very densely populated region of new york city, long island, and the southern portions of new york state. and so i think it's a stark reminder, a very real example, a very painful outcome that speaks to the need of investing, investing in our infrastructure. and so as we go forward there's also an opportunity to improve upon what existed at the time of these storms. for instance, in the energy networks, utility networks, we can do state of the art. we have taught other nations how to build those systems. it's time to do nation building at home. and i think
in all of the deadly massacres. easy access to killing machines. sandy hook is only the latest tragedy. more horrendous than anything i thought could happen in the united states of america. these massacres are happening in our shopping malls, our movie theaters, our businesses in our offices. in the only thing consistent and all of them is the guns. i would like to introduce one of our co-sponsors of the legislation we hope to introduce a lot with the house of representatives, the senior senator from the greek state of connecticut going -- the great state of connecticut going through a difficult time. >> thank you. let me first thank you for your leadership going back to 1993 and before when i was speaking to advocate in the state of connecticut a similar law to the one adopted here banning assault weapons. this has been a heroin, terrific week in the state of connecticut, culminating in today's moment of silence at 9:30. the end of the week and i spent the better part of the time meeting with first responders, families, going to funerals and wakes and speaking with ordinary people of
in newtown and the small village of sandy hook. all they have pulled together and provided inspiration for all of us. the governor of the state of connecticut has been incredible. sunday evening he said with winter approaching, he will forever think of these children when gentles knows it begin to fall -- when gentle snows begin to fall as individual snowfalls. he went to talk about the spring and how newtown and sandy hook and the state of connecticut will recover and the flowers will come up and we will think of these children again. but they will always be in our memory. we have a special responsibility as elected members of congress. pen in pad, writing what you do during your moment of service in the united states congress. it is time for the congress to act. i am proud of mike taking on this responsibility and the coronation and the short and long-term efforts. we will act. and with that we will take questions. >> speaker boehner has a plan to keep taxes low for those earning under $1 million a year. and that type of plan gain any support from house democrats? >> which plan is th
. a $60.4 billion to pay for recovery efforts in the states pummeled by hurricane sandy took a major step towards passage. is this the kind of spending conservative house republicans are talking about? guest: yes. it's interesting. you've seen the senate. the article stays senate moved towards this passage and it will probably happen next week when they return from their christmas break, the house has made absolutely no movement to put this on the floor and will most certainly be pushed into next year which means the bill will die and they will have to reintroduce the bill and go through some of the same procedure since you will have new senators here in the chamber. it's exactly right. the caller said exactly the discussion going on in the republican conference. he mentioned senator coats. i believe there's a list of 21 amendments they will go through before they pass the bill and i think the coats is one of those the caller will see the senators get a chance to vote on that. senator coburn will have four or five spending cuts to go through so the senate is going to have a lot of debate
not be any worry about paying for sandy, unemployment, paying for three wars. there would not be anything to worry about if the republican was in office. they want to spend every dime they can. host: jackie from georgia, thank you for the call. this is from our twitter page. t's go to the jump page -- let's go to the jump page for a story in "the washington post." point.nd one othoer poier here's more from mcconnell. [video clip] >> we took that vote back on july 25. it did not originate in the house. it has no chance of becoming law. that is what i said back on july 25. we allow that vote and i said we knew it did not pass constitutional muster and that democrats would proceed to a revenue bill that originated in the house as the constitution requires if they were serious and as i called on them to do last week. the so-called senate bill is no more than a glorified sense of the senate revolution. let's put that talking point aside. host: mitch mcconnell -- or is a story from politico.com, "why they will not go over the cliff." "they see an advantage in negotiating with republicans that w
over to. they feel that the chris christie support for the request for a sandy relief is hurting them with republicans, so things move on rather quickly in politics. host: there are some lingering feelings that chris christie did not do what mitt romney. and then it was said they did not change anything. is go there is a lot of rearview mirror grumbling when it comes to chris christie in this campaign. -- guest: there is a lot a rearview mirror bromelain -- bromelain. he was not a staff favre, to put it mildly, but what i found out is that when the grumbling took place, mitt romney's said, "i know this. i was a governor, too," cindy msoft chris christie. some were deeply angry about the chris christie embrace of president obama in the final days of the campaign. looking at the polling in ohio before the hurricane, president obama was up, so it was not like a hurricane affected alive. i think president obama was up in virginia before the hurricane, as well. the hurricane did not help the romney cause. it froze the campaign for a couple of days, but he had a problem before sandy. guest:
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